|Lotus flower, Thailand|
(processed with a layer of Kim Klassen's "Sweet Treat" and "Warm Grunge")
My creative journey is so wrapped up in the circumstances of my life that it is hard to unravel the separate threads. I had a wonderful childhood and young adulthood.... I was happy, and things came easily to me: academics, friendships, career, marriage and three wonderful children. I expected that life would just continue along this positive trajectory. And really, in a way, it has.... just not the way I thought it would. For the most part, my life is picture perfect except for one rather significant thing: my oldest child, now a 22 year-old young man, has to deal with issues that significantly impact his ability to live an independent life. The curve ball our family has been dealt in this life is not something that we recognized immediately or that came on suddenly -- rather, its severity has been revealed so gradually that, painful as it is, it has never come as a shock, but has settled down on us like a dull ache.
|One of my favorite journal pages...|
The details of his story are my son's to share or not, but let's just say that the consequences of his illness have been the impetus for my own creative journey. I have been "artsy" all my life, but the thought never even crossed my mind that I could be an artist.... after all, I didn't go to art school! I knew that to ignore my son's illness -- or to wallow in despair about it -- were both useless exercises. I had to turn to something to keep me busy and focused. I discovered quiltmaking when I was 40, and immediately fell in love with the way I could play with color without getting messy. Not only that, but I could sew while still paying attention to my kids.
|This is the first quilt I made (for my son), back in 2000. It was hand-pieced... I remember every stitch!|
I am looking forward to 2012, and participating in the creative communities online. By nurturing our creativity every day, we will envision a world that is better than the one we live in today -- and everyone knows that once we visualize something, it is on its way.